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Martha L. Merritt

Dean and Carole M. Weinstein Chair of International Education

Martha Merritt, Dean of International Education

Martha Merritt is a political scientist who travels with intent. As a scholar of Soviet and Russian politics who has lived and taught in five countries, she seeks to facilitate sustained cross-cultural community. 

Merritt works with faculty, staff and students to deepen and extend the University of Richmond’s strong web of partnerships abroad. She engages with students who study away from their native country by teaching a course called “Nostos: The Journey Home”, incorporating thoughtful travelers from Homer to Tocqueville to Rachel DeWoskin.

At various points in her career Merritt has established programs and internships abroad, in Cape Town, Jerusalem, and Mindanao for MA students at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, and in Paris, Cairo and Jerusalem for the University of Chicago. She established a five-year project sponsored by the Mellon and the Christian A. Johnson Foundations to bring European scholars to teach and conduct research at the University of Chicago, as well as a year-long program for students from Egypt.